App-V 4.6 SP3 Beta Available via Microsoft Connect


For those of you out there who are using App-V but have been put off from a Windows 8.1 upgrade due to the fact that when you run the upgrade installer it forces you to uninstall App-V due to incompatibility issues, fear not.

Visit the URL above, fill out the survey about how your organisation uses MDOP and enjoy the download. I installed it today on my desktop which I’ve just updated to Windows 8.1 Enterprise and the Beta worked a treat. For anyone who might wonder why I upgraded to Windows 8.1 Enterprise even though it means I would lose all my applications because the Enterprise installer doesn’t offer the Retain my Apps and Files option unlike the Pro installer, it’s because of App-V. Aside from the Office suite and a few other tiny little applets I use, all of my daily use applications come via App-V.

All we need now is for the KMS Host update for Windows 8.1 to be released – Hopefully within the next 30 days otherwise my desktop is going to need to be given the rearm treatment.


Richard works as a Cloud Consultant for Fordway Solution where his primary focus is to help customers understand, adopt and develop with Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and System Center. Richard Green is an IT Pro with over 15 years' of experience in all things Microsoft including System Center and Office 365. He has previously worked as a System Center consultant and as an internal solutions architect across many verticals. Outside of work, he loves motorbikes and is part of the orange army, marshaling for NGRRC, British Superbikes and MotoGP. He is also an Assistant Cub Scout Leader.